News & Events

December 8, Saturday

Christmas Tea

Christmas Tea from 3 to 5 pm

A group of enthusiastic elves is hard at work preparing for this year’s not-to-be-missed Christmas Tea. This magical event promises to be extra-special, so mark your calendars NOW!

Tickets are once again $7.50, and will be available in advance from the Church office as well as at the door.   PLEASE NOTE: Advance ticket sales are NOT reservations. All seating is on a first-come-first served basis according to availability of seating.

December 6, Thursday
St. Nicholas Potluck Supper and Work Party

Join us to  decorate the Parish Hall for the Christmas Tea and then share a warm meal and conversation. The work party begins at 5 pm with dinner at 6 pm. Call Carole Stair 802-578-1517 for more information.

December 9, Sunday
The VNA and Hospice of Southwest Region invites you to a Winter Memorial Service at 3 pm the Unitarian Meetinghouse, 108 School St  This heartwarming remembrance of those who have died is open to individuals of all ages and faiths from the greater Bennington area. Refreshments provided. To RSVP call 802-442-5502

PINS Party– The PINS party (for children in foster care) will be held December at 2 pm. If you would like to help at one of the craft table please contact Mary Gerisch at 802-379-6311.

December 13, Thursday
Lunch Bunch follows the 10 am Eucharist. Now that it is fall, we are back to soup and sandwiches.  And we can’t forget dessert.  We hope to see you there and be sure to bring your friends. If you need a ride, call the church office at 442-2911. (Tue – Thurs 8:30 to 11:30)

December 15, Saturday
Youth Formation- Will meet from 11 am to 1 pm

December 20, Thursday
Chronic Disease Management workshop from 10 am to 12:30 pm at VSECU, 194 North Street, near Rite Aid. This free workshop will help you learn how to make choices to live healthier with chronic disease and lower your risk of related health problems. To register call Kathy Dockum at 802 440~4098 or email: [email protected]

January 27, Sunday

Annual Meeting- The Annual meeting will take place following the 9 am service in the Parish Hall. The deadline for Annual report entries/articles is Monday, January 7th. Please email to Donna Lauzon at [email protected]

Bishop Ely’s final visit will also be Sunday January 27th


Take a Coat- Leave a Coat- If you have a gently used coat you would like to donate, please consider adding it to our coat rack located in the cloister.  If you or someone you know needs a warm coat please take one. There may be pants and boots from time to time also.

Spirit of Sharing is again in full swing and currently accepting applications from local families to make a difference in young  children’s lives.  If you are interested in adopting a family this year, please contact Spirit of Sharing through [email protected] or [email protected]  SOS is sponsored by the Catamount Rotary Club in partnership with the Agency of Human Services.

Mondays at 3 pm the church will be open for 1/2 hour of silent prayer. 

Food for our Freezer– The days are getting colder and many in our community are in need of a warm meal. Please consider making an extra dish this season to give to those in need. Please date and label your food items and place in freezer- proof packaging . Thank you.

Food Shelf Items: The BROC food/household ministry for next week is baby food and dish soap. Please place your items in the metal shopping cart in the back of the Sanctuary. Any additional items are always appreciated. Thank you.

Forward Day by Day– Is available on the table in the narthex. A $1.00 donation is appreciated.

Rector’s Office Hours ( Wednesday 2 to 5 pm)  is a time when Fr. Justin is available without prior appointment. He may be called away in  emergency situations and then office hours may be canceled.  If possible please call to  make an appointment.

The Bless Bennington project: The Contemplative Prayer Group at the Unitarian Church is encouraging people in Bennington to take one minute each morning or evening at 9 (or any time it occurs to you) to extend feelings of gratitude, love and blessing to the town of Bennington.

Please use the compost bucket in the kitchen. All food scraps should go into this bucket and then it can then be emptied into the bin outside the kitchen door. Please help our Mother Earth by returning food to the earth!

Photo/Image Policy for St Peter’s Church:
The Vestry would like folks to re-read the church’s photo policy. Parents have to sign an “opt in” form in order for us to use children’s photos in print and on-line. Adults  have to sign an “opt out” form if they do not want their picture to be published. The policy and forms are on the bulletin board.

If you are Hospitalized
Because of the HIPAA laws, hospitals are not allowed to notify the Church of your admission. Please call the Church to let us know that you have been admitted to the hospital

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Fr. Justin, Bishop Tom 
and the children